The Oscars® as I've known it from being there many times, will not be the same.
Here's what to expect this time around. It was announced today (March 19) by the Academy of Motion Picture Art and Sciences (AMPAS) that Glenn Weiss will return to direct the show.
“Our plan is that this year’s Oscars will look like a movie, not a television show, and Glenn has embraced this approach and come up with ideas of his own on how to achieve this. We’re thrilled to have him as part of the brain trust,” said this year's Oscar producers Jesse Collins, Stacey Sher and Steven Soderbergh. It was these producers who announced Weiss as director.Earlier, the Oscar producers said there will be no Zoom-like acceptance speeches at the upcoming show. They want the nominees to be there live because they are going to great lengths to make the environment safe. They noted that the pre-show will be held at Union Station in L.A. Also, all Oscar Week events canceled. The show will limited to nominees and their guests, plus presenters; no Governors Ball after show.
Steve Pond/The Wrap, reported this from the producers: "We are treating the event as an active movie set, with specially designed testing cadences to ensure up-to-the-minute results, including an on-site COVID safety team with PCR testing capability. There will be specific instructions for those of you traveling in from outside of Los Angeles, and other instructions for those of you who are already based in Los Angeles." A letter was sent to all nominees.The letter also instructed the usual short speeches, but added, "...we want you to know there will not be an option to Zoom in for the show. We are going to great lengths to provide a safe and ENJOYABLE evening for all of you in person, as well as for all the millions of film fans around the world, and we feel the virtual thing will diminish those efforts."
Weiss has directed numerous live televised events, including five previous Oscars shows, for which he won two Primetime Emmys®, and 19 Tony Awards® shows, which earned him three directing Primetime Emmys. Weiss’s additional directing credits include this year’s multi-network Inaugural Night special “Celebrating America,” “The Democratic National Convention,” “The Kennedy Center Honors,” “Billboard Music Awards,” “BET Awards,” “Peter Pan Live!,” “Dick Clark’s Primetime New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest,” “Primetime Emmy® Awards,” “Live from Lincoln Center,” “Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular,” “Garth Brooks, Live from Las Vegas” and the “American Music Awards.”
Since Weiss was also involved in the DNC Convention, which was done virtually, this will not be the case for the Oscars, as the producers noted. So, it will be interesting to see what Weiss comes up with, putting those Zoom ideas aside.
The 93rd Oscars will be held on Sunday, April 25, 2021, at Union Station Los Angeles and the Dolby® Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live on ABC at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.
Above photo, Director Glenn Weiss. Courtesy of AMPAS
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"'Mank' becomes the seventh black-and-white film to be nominated for Costume Design and the seventeenth for Cinematography since separate categories for color and black-and-white films were merged in 1967. The last Costume Design nomination (and win) was for "The Artist" (2011); the last Cinematography nomination was for "The Lighthouse" (2019)". - AMPAS
The 2021 Oscar nominations were announced today (March 15). "Mank" leads the way with 10 nominations. For movies lovers, this may be a very good thing since it tells the story of the making of "Citizen Kane." At one time, and likely to some still today, "Citizen Kane" was considered the best movie ever made, from a filmmaking standpoint. The film explores the process of writing that film by screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz, hence Mank.
Priyanka Chopra Jonas and Nick Jonas announced the 93rd Oscars® nominations live from London.
To get and idea of how the voting is done, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences notes: "Academy members from each of the 17 branches vote to determine the nominees in their respective categories – actors nominate actors, film editors nominate film editors, etc. In the Animated Feature Film and International Feature Film categories, nominees are selected by a vote of multi-bi-branch screening committees. All voting members are eligible to select the Best Picture nominees.
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* Chadwick Boseman is the seventh performer to receive a posthumous nomination. He who died on August 28, 2020,
The others were James Dean (Actor, "East of Eden," 1955, and Actor, "Giant," 1956); Spencer Tracy (Actor, "Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner," 1967); Peter Finch (Actor in a Leading Role, "Network," 1976); Ralph Richardson (Actor in a Supporting Role, "Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes," 1984); Massimo Troisi (Actor in a Leading Role, "The Postman" (Il Postino), 1995) and Heath Ledger (Actor in a Supporting Role, "The Dark Knight," 2008). Finch won for his leading role while Ledger won for his Supporting nod.
Best motion picture of the year
Best Picture qualifying release dates:
"The Trial of the Chicago 7" - September 25, 2020 (theatrical)
"Mank" - November 13, 2020 (theatrical)
"Sound of Metal" - November 20, 2020 (theatrical)
"Nomadland "- December 4, 2020 (streaming)
"Minari"- December 11, 2020 (streaming)
"Promising Young Woman "- December 25, 2020 (theatrical)
"Judas and the Black Messiah" - February 12, 2021 (day-and-date theatrical and streaming)
"The Father" - February 26, 2021 (theatrical)
Performance by an actor in a leading role
93RD OSCARS® CAMPAIGN ART REVEALED
LOS ANGELES, CA – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has revealed the campaign art for the 93rd Oscars®. The 2021 campaign illustrates this year’s tagline, “Bring Your Movie Love,” celebrating our global appreciation for the power of film to foster connection, to educate, and to inspire us to tell our own stories.
The Academy invited seven international artists to create custom Oscar® statuette art inspired by the question, “What do movies mean to you?” The artists are Temi Coker, Petra Eriksson, Magnus Voll Mathiassen, Michelle Robinson, Karan Singh, Victoria Villasana and Shawna X.
This year’s campaign features an expanded color palette, broadening the artists’ approach to reimagining the iconic statuette. Ranging across illustration, motion design, painting, photography and textile art, the pieces are drawn from the artists’ diverse personal inspirations and experiences, including theaters of 1920s and ’30s Hollywood, film as both a form of escapism and a bridge of communication, and more.
Priyanka Chopra Jonas and Nick Jonas to announce the 2021 Oscar nominations Monday, March, 15.
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Actor in a Supporting Role
Actress in a Supporting Role
Music (Original Score)
Animated Short Film
Live Action Short Film
Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
Writing (Original Screenplay)
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Actor in a Leading Role
Actress in a Leading Role
Animated Feature Film
Documentary Short Subject
International Feature Film
Makeup and Hairstyling
Music (Original Song)